Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Early Childhood Education and Care Workplace Training

The recognised entry level qualification into early childhood education in Australia, this certificate course will teach you how to best support the emotional, physical, social and psychological development of infants from birth until eight years in a childcare environment.

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52 Weeks (including 10-12 weeks holiday)
CHC30113 - DC3301
This course is eligible for the Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG)

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the perfect first step into the world of early childhood education. This Certificate is suitable if you would like to enter the industry quickly.

MCIE’s Child Care Certificate

Equipped with the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care, you will have the tools and knowledge to support the implementation of an approved learning framework. Early education educators with this qualification usually work under direct supervision and sometimes autonomously. The qualification fully meets the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

Course Information Session Schedule

Information session times at the Melbourne CBD Campus, Level 9, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne
are Monday to Saturday, 11.00 am till 2.00 pm.
To book your place in one of the sessions please call 1300 737 004 or complete the Enquire Now form at the bottom of the page.

Information session times at MCIE’s Werribee campus, 1/13 Watton Street, Werribee,
are on every Wednesday – 11.00 am till 2.00 pm.
To book your place in one of the sessions please call 1300 737 004 or complete the Enquire Now form at the bottom of the page.

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – Course Details

  • National Code: CHC30113
  • Units: 15 core + 3 electives
  • Location: Level 5, 250 Collins St – City Campus or 1/13 Watton Street, Werribee
  • Duration: 52 weeks including 10-12 weeks holiday
  • Delivery Mode: Classroom: 1 day per week (second day of learning support optional)
  • Work placement: 120 hours at various locations
  • Assessment: Students must successfully complete all assessment activities including written assessment, scenario, roleplay, portfolio, workplace-based tasks and assessor observations.
  • Prior experience: if you have previously worked or studied in Early Childhood Education and Care, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning or Credit Transfer
  • Workplacement Uniform T’Shirt: Cost is $30


Child Care Career Opportunities

You could become…

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Nanny
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Out of School Hours Care Educator


Local Student Course Fees

Government Funded* / Concession* Traineeship^ / Concession Full Fee
From $200 / Concession from $40
From $250 / Concession from $50
Textbooks Cost
Textbooks (MCIE will provide hard copies of both books after payment)

1. The Big Picture, Karen Kearns, Cengage Learning, e4
2. Birth to Big school, Karen Kearns, Cengage Learning, e4

Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the course and student ID charges.  For additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees, please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook

This course is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding, to eligible candidates.
* Eligibility criteria applies.
^Eligibility criteria apply. Trainees may be eligible for State and/or Federal Funding.



There are no formal pre-requisites for this course.


Entry Requirements

Education/Core Skills
Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for Certificate III level study and demonstrate that they are a suitable candidate for this course. Refer to MCIE’s website for details.

Age at Commencement 
It is recommended that students have attained the age of 18 by the course commencement date.

Special Needs
MCIE welcomes people with disabilities to apply. Approval will be subject to the person being able to undertake all tasks and requirements of the course.

Evidence of Australian citizenship or permanent residency is required. All participants require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at https://www.usi.gov.au/students or you can give MCIE’s admin staff permission to apply on your behalf.

Prior Experience

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) are available. Fees apply. Please see our website for more information on fees and terms and conditions.
Refer to the Domestic Student Handbook or MCIE’s website for more information.


Work Placement Support

MCIE Work-placement Officers will facilitate the work placement of students into an early childhood education and care service.


Industry Requirements

Candidates are required to provide evidence of the following for work placement:

  • Working with Children Check


Updated 22 February 2021 BD

Course Units

CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety (New Units)
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
CHCECE003 Provide care for children
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
CHCECE010 Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
CHCECE013 Use information about children to inform practice
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically(New Units)
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

CHCECE012 Support children to connect with their world
Support behaviour of children and young people
CHCDIV001 Work with Diverse People

Course Locations

Start a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at the MCIE Werribee Campus. Situated in the heart of the Melbourne suburb Werribee, the MCIE campus is located at the end of Watton Street, near the local Woolworths and Bunnings stores. Just 32km south of the city CBD, the Werribee campus is a three-minute walk from public transport services, including the Werribee train station and Duncans Road bus stop. The campus is also accessible by car, but do keep in mind that street parking is limited in the area.

Werribee Campus Map

Study a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at the MCIE Melbourne CBD Campus. Just an 8-minute walk to the stunning Alexandra Gardens – The perfect place to study or relax after a class. Getting to the Melbourne CBD campus is even easier with the Flinders Street Railway Station just 5 minutes down the block.

Melbourne City Campus Map


Level 5, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 and MCIE Werribee Suite 7, 1/13 Watton Street, Werribee, VIC 3030   View map

Would you like to help kids develop vital creative and problem-solving skills? Do you consider yourself patient, creative and enthusiastic? Would you rather fingerprint than write reports? Start your career in the Child Care Industry with a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care in Melbourne or Werribee.

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Melbourne City Institute of Education

Melbourne City Institute of Education (MCIE) is a vibrant and innovative registered training organisation, which offers a range of courses in Melbourne to help students to fulfil their career goals.

The teaching and learning at MCIE is specifically designed to ensure students have a competitive edge – an important step in developing your work and life skills. Read more.

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Call: 1300 737 004
Email: info@mcie.edu.au

Head Office & Campus
Level 9, 250 Collins St Melbourne 3000

Werribee Campus

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